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3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Wanted to visit the Dutch "ABCs" Did resort for a day passes in Aruba and Curacao and sailing/snorkeling cruise in Bonaire. The underwater marine life in Bonaire is incredible. Bring a twenty dollar underwater camera! Also ... Read More
Wanted to visit the Dutch "ABCs" Did resort for a day passes in Aruba and Curacao and sailing/snorkeling cruise in Bonaire. The underwater marine life in Bonaire is incredible. Bring a twenty dollar underwater camera! Also thrilled to visit, pet, and feed sting rays in Grand Cayman again! She's a lovely ship with a devoted crew. She's clean as a whistle and the crew is friendly and provides excellent service. The food has somewhat degraded over the years but still very good in "Blu". Ship shows some signs of wear but due for refurb in 2020. The main theatre is worst with sagging chairs and threadbare carpeting. Hanging overhead window gaskets in aquaspa pool tacky. Most of the ship is meticulously maintained however. Sorry the cabanas have taken over the pool area too. Overall I'd give the Silhouette 4 out of 5 stars and will enjoy sailing again after the refurb. Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: April 2019
Love this 9 night cruise !! We booked this cruise through BJ’s because of the extra OBC and the Celebrity perks given on Black Friday-November 24, 2018. We traveled with 2 adult relatives who also booked this deal and they picked the ... Read More
Love this 9 night cruise !! We booked this cruise through BJ’s because of the extra OBC and the Celebrity perks given on Black Friday-November 24, 2018. We traveled with 2 adult relatives who also booked this deal and they picked the room right next to ours on deck 9. First time in Concierge Class. Very happy with our balcony cabin. Sancho brought us “delectable delights” every afternoon that were quite enjoyable. Grand Curvee Dining Room - EXCELLENT FOOD AND EXCELLENT SELECTION. This is the best MDR food of all cruises we have taken. We had dessert every night too. Waiter Igusti Wiganata was excellent and we loved every dinner he recommended. Asst. Waiter Bibek was very helpful. The selection of wines was excellent thanks to Dusko. We did not eat at any specialty restaurant this cruise. Cafe al Bacio had excellent fresh baked goods every day including their cookies. We attended all the 9pm shows in the Silhouette Theatre. Most very good especially Uptown, Miguel Washington and Ashlie Amber. Cosmopolitan show was terrible-tried to take pop songs and add an international flair. 4 ports were all fun. We had been to 3 of them previously so we tried different excursions and they were good. Weather was sunny and warm every day. Played 2 trivia games in the Sky Lounge every day...wish the bar at that location was open during trivia though. Capt. Peppas made daily announcements every morning at 10am. I like to hear them. We would love to travel on this ship again !! Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: March 2019
This was the second half of our first back to back. We love to sail, snorkel and swim in the Caribbean waters, so this cruise was perfect for us as we loved all the ports. We did mostly private excursions as we prefer small groups. The sky ... Read More
This was the second half of our first back to back. We love to sail, snorkel and swim in the Caribbean waters, so this cruise was perfect for us as we loved all the ports. We did mostly private excursions as we prefer small groups. The sky suite corner aft is our favorite location...love the view. Crew from stateroom attendant to Luminae staff did everything to pamper us. Our cabin was kept spotless. Our butler was one of the best ever. Dinner and wine selections were very nice. Our only complaint was that the music was so loud that you couldn’t carry on a conversation in the bars. An after dinner drink with friends became a challenge. In the theater, singers sounded like they were screeching...much too loud for us. Overall, though. the entertainment was varied and pretty good. Embarkation and disembarkation was quick and smooth. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with both old and new friends, and plan on doing it all over again next year! Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We stayed onboard for a second cruise on the Silhouette. See our review of the Feb 10, 2019 cruise that we posted. Most of what we commented on there applied. It was the very first time we've been on back-to-back cruises. We ... Read More
We stayed onboard for a second cruise on the Silhouette. See our review of the Feb 10, 2019 cruise that we posted. Most of what we commented on there applied. It was the very first time we've been on back-to-back cruises. We liked the fact that the itinerary was completely different, and there was no overlap of ports of call. Being a shorter cruise (9 days compared to 12 on the first cruise) the demographic was somewhat different. But what was disappointing was that the entertainment was mostly a repeat of what we had on the first cruise with 2 exceptions. So, there were nights we went either to see a movie, or do something else, rather than see the shows -- which weren't great and too loud anyways. We stayed in the same cabin, and had the same great cabin steward. But we were a group of 8, rather than 10, so they changed our table, which was located in a somewhat partly-crowded spot. We had a competent, but not involved wait team: Gilmon and Jayare Again, our Assistant maître d', Olga, continued to provide us with exceptional care and kosher meat dinners. While we're scheduled for two back-to-back cruises on the Silhouette for next year (after it is refurbished in drydock) the two itineraries are now practically identical (they weren't when we made the bookings in Feb 2018) so we might not end up taking both those cruises in 2020. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2019
Couple in mid sixties with 17 cruises under our belts. We were looking for some warm weather and sun. Ship and room was beautiful. Food was very good and great dinning room service. Arrived at Everglades cruise port around 10:30 wand ... Read More
Couple in mid sixties with 17 cruises under our belts. We were looking for some warm weather and sun. Ship and room was beautiful. Food was very good and great dinning room service. Arrived at Everglades cruise port around 10:30 wand wad on ship by 10:45. Room was ready by 1 pm. Great aft balcony on deck 8. Quietest room we ever had. Great room attendant in Reynoldo . Food was great in main dining room with good service. Ocean View was nice except on sea days and it was packed, and kept running out of plates. Entertainment shows were good, especially the brought in enteraners. Saw a rock group Billy McGuigan rock band. This was the best performance we ever saw on a cruise, The house shows were so so in my opinion, wife liked them more than I did, There last show looked like they picked out costumes at Walmart One bad thing about the entertainment was late night shows, Ship was dead. !!!!!! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: February 2019
We are fans of Celebrity and this was our first time on the Silhouette. It is a lovely ship, with a very competent and involved crew. Our room was clean, and well-maintained by our cabin steward Enrico. We were with four other ... Read More
We are fans of Celebrity and this was our first time on the Silhouette. It is a lovely ship, with a very competent and involved crew. Our room was clean, and well-maintained by our cabin steward Enrico. We were with four other couples, and were seated at a table for 10 in the middle of the gorgeous dining room. We had great waiters: Alfi and Robert. The assistant Maitre D', Olga, was especially attentive to our particular needs, and dietary requirements. She made sure that we had plenty to eat and choices that were varied. She even got the chef to prepare some exclusive foods from recipes that we supplied. The ports of call were mostly ones that we've been to on previous cruises. It would be nice if there was more variety in that department. The entertainment was mostly good and varied. But overall, we complained that the volume of music (some might call it noise) during the shows is terribly excessive. I often walked out of the theatre after a 45 minute musical barrage with my ears hurting. Although we complained to the cruise director about it, it didn't do any good. In fact, it is hard to find a bit of peace and quiet on this ship, anywhere. There is music constantly, and usually at very high volume. But, there is so much to do, from games of trivia, to lectures, and demonstrations, internal tours of the ship, and of course, eating. The cafeteria serves a tremendous variety of food, and it's open almost 18 hours a day. On the subject of food: Since we observe the Jewish dietary rules, we were able to prearrange for kosher meat (not the prepared airline dinners) through our travel agent. And we had dinners that included a choice of chicken, lamb, and turkey. Our Maitre d' was especially cognizant of the details of this, and was most helpful. She would help us choose the next evening's dinner in advance, each night. She even arranged for our group to have a supply of custom-made cheese blintzes every morning in the cafeteria. The entire experience was a very good one. The ship was full to capacity, yet one never felt crowded-out. We stayed on-board for the next cruise, in the same cabin. See the next report. Read Less
4 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: January 2019
This was my first cruise on aboard a Celebrity ship. And I love it. The quality of the instalations, decoration, services and food on Silhouette is excellent. Many islands of this itinerary are very poor so I recommend a celebrity ... Read More
This was my first cruise on aboard a Celebrity ship. And I love it. The quality of the instalations, decoration, services and food on Silhouette is excellent. Many islands of this itinerary are very poor so I recommend a celebrity excursion to enjoy the trip. There are good excursion offered aboard. We stayed at a corner aft suite on deck 12. It was fantastic. The suite is very large, comfortable and the varanda looking backwards great. The suite class has services, like Michaels Club and Luminae restaurant that worth the extra money. suite class can also go to Blue, the Acqua Class restaurant. Suite class also provide priority embarkation and debarkation. Everything you need abroad you can use the Michaels Club Concierge. The specialty restaurants are great - worth a visit to all of them. We went to Murano - super elegant, Qsine - amazing Petit Chef show before each course, Porch was delicious - I recommend to go for lunch to enjoy the view. Sushi on Five we loved it and is a very good option for lunch as it stays open longer than the Main Restaurant. The Lawn Club Grill is an experience, specially if you are invited to cook your own food with the chefs. The entertainment is very good also - many options all the time. Read Less
3 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We love Celebrity. We got upgraded to Aqua Class on our 1st cruise and rebook the same every time. The entertainment this trip wasnt the best. I have heard MUCH better vocalist, seen bettter dancers, magicians on talent shows like ... Read More
We love Celebrity. We got upgraded to Aqua Class on our 1st cruise and rebook the same every time. The entertainment this trip wasnt the best. I have heard MUCH better vocalist, seen bettter dancers, magicians on talent shows like Americas Got Talent. They brought in an act “Sept 63” a Four Seasons cover group. Just 3 of them and the dance moves were very amateurish. The lead singer sounded like Alvin of the chipmunks. When they first came on I though it was a comedy routine. My husband was tweaking his hearing aid because he thought it was the hearing aid causing the guys voice to sound like that. The staff are very courteous, polite and eager to please. There are always some outstanding like Claudia in Blu was a bubbly cheerful person. She made you smile just with her presence. Our wine steward in Blu was also great. Again, in Blu, our waiter John was awesome also. The activities director Sue was not my cup of tea is the best comment I shall leave on that subject. We missed the Hot Glass Show they have on some of their ships. They need to provide a little more for people to do for free besides dance lessons, trivia, ball games in the pool. They did have a mystery writer give a talk but just not more things to do on sea days. Bingo is expensive and if you played every day that would be very pricey! We had a brand new lady on embarkation and she had no idea what to do. Locked up her computer and had to go get someone to unlock it. Couldnt find our cabin number on our boarding pass husband had to show her. Dont turn them loose if they are not ready yet! Please! Read Less
2 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: December 2018
We have cruised with RCCL's brands lines many times and we have always enjoyed our time on their ships. This trip with Celebrity was no exception. Embarkation was quick and painless. We had an inside cabin which we found very ... Read More
We have cruised with RCCL's brands lines many times and we have always enjoyed our time on their ships. This trip with Celebrity was no exception. Embarkation was quick and painless. We had an inside cabin which we found very spacious, clean and comfortable. The ship itself shows a few signs of aging, but was clean and functional. Entertainment was cruise ship average, but the cruise director Sue did a great job! I have to point out that our main reason for cruising is the quality of food and service and we were not disappointed. We did use any time dining and for the first few days it was very difficult to get seated (they hand out pagers), but after day 3 it seamed to ease off. We also felt that the service -although still good when compared to other ships - has declined with staff having to take care of more tables than in the past. The food itself was top notch. The soups were hot and salads were crisp. Fantastic onion soup which we enjoyed every day. Great croissants too, some the largest we've ever seen Read Less
10 Helpful Votes
Sail Date: November 2018
A relaxing 9-night Southern Caribbean cruise! Our trip began in Tallahassee on November 29th as we drove to Dania Beach. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn in Dania Beach (a 10-minute drive to the port). We had an excellent fresh seafood ... Read More
A relaxing 9-night Southern Caribbean cruise! Our trip began in Tallahassee on November 29th as we drove to Dania Beach. We stayed at the Fairfield Inn in Dania Beach (a 10-minute drive to the port). We had an excellent fresh seafood dinner at the Rendezvous Bar and Grill about a mile from the hotel at 2525 Marina Bay Dr. in Ft. Lauderdale. Great happy hour and excellent nightly specials. Our hotel did offer extended parking for cruisers at a reasonable rate. However, for the convenience, we parked at the port - $15/day. Since the Celebrity Silhouette was docked at the newly renovated Pier 25, we chose to park in the mid-port garage after dropping off our luggage at the pier. We arrived around 10:30 a.m. and check-in was very organized and a pleasant process. Overall, we were not impressed with the renovated terminal, as we expected more of a “wow” factor in design and decor; also, they needed more X-ray machines at security, the seating in the waiting area was uncomfortable, and the bathrooms were at the far end of the terminal. We boarded the ship a little after 11:00 am. Southern Caribbean Cruise The Silhouette is a beautiful ship and was clean and well maintained. The ship was also beautifully decorated for Christmas. We stayed in cabin 9294, a veranda room. The room was well maintained and outstanding cabin service was provided by our Cabin Attendant (Saby)! He was very friendly and was always asking if we needed anything. The food in the Main Dining Room was average at best, as the menus did not provide many desirable options for the main course or for dessert. Service was slow as our waiter was serving 20 people at 4 tables and our table was far from the kitchen. The Asst. Waiter hardly ever came to our table. Several nights it took over 40 minutes for the first course to arrive after the waiter took our order. If you wanted refills on water or iced tea, you had to ask. Service from the wine sommelier was excellent. Due to the service, on several nights, we elected to have dessert after dinner in the Oceanview Cafe or the Cafe on Deck 5. The highlight of our dining experience in the main dining room was the great conversations with our table mates, a couple from Minneapolis. Also, one night we decided to have dinner in the Oceanview Cafe (buffet) and we really enjoyed the Asian stir fry. Dellecia, the lady running the Asian stir fry station, is a wonderful cook and the stir fry was one of the best meals we had on the cruise. We usually had breakfast in the Oceanview Cafe and we really enjoyed the made-to-order omelettes, the fresh fruit (especially the sliced oranges), and the daily featured danish and breakfast bread station. The walnut, cinnamon breakfast bread was delicious!! We did choose to purchase the four-night speciality dinning plan for $149 per person. Two nights we had dinner at the Lawn Club Grill; as usual, it was outstanding and I highly recommend this restaurant. What could be better, great food, great service and a beautiful sunset to enjoy! We also had dinner one night in the Tuscan Grill. Service and the food did not disappoint! The pasta and the filet mignon were excellent, and the cannelloni soup was sensational. Our fourth dinner was at Qsine, which had been one of our favorites in the past. The format of Qsine has now changed to include a cool video projection of the Le Petit Chief at your table. Dinner consisted of two seating times and two set menus; however, you are able to choose options between the menus The food was excellent, but the dinning room was very noisy and because of the projection show between courses, it took 2.5 hours for dinner. We miss the old Qsine! The entertainment on the ship was average and we were disappointed that no holiday music or trivia activities were presented, as we have enjoyed on past December cruises. Our favorite shows were Modern Gentlemen and John Bressler, both excellent shows. The singers and dancers in the production shows were impressive and very talented. We did find the theme of the production shows (Cosmopolitan and Pearl) hard to follow and thought they did not seem to be a good match for the demographics of the audience. The aerial performers in the production shows were excellent. We found the best entertainment to be the House Band, Trust Me, Jack. This young English rock and roll band was very talented and was a crowd favorite. In my reviews, I always like to include tips and advice on how to make your next cruise more enjoyable. Below are a few thoughts: 1. Keep in mind that there are over 3500 guests on this cruise ship and everyone will not like everything that is being offered in the dinning room and on the theater stage. As you can see in my review above, we liked some things and others we did not care for, but I am sure other guests enjoyed the things we did not enjoy. My advice is to keep an open mind, be patient, and keep trying the many options provided during the cruise. 2. Make it a point to make new friends on the ship. I suggest that you talk to as many people as you can in the halls, in the elevators, at the bars, and at the pool. Even if you just ask them how their cruise is going, you will be surprised at how people like to talk and share their experiences. I find that a college t-shirt, or a destination t-shirt, or a unique hat always generates conversations as you relax and move around the ship. 3. Make an effort to talk to the ship’s crew. We have found that a few questions regarding how they are doing or where they are from always generates a smile and a brief conversation. This interaction with the crew usually results in great service. 4. We are avid college football fans and always take Florida Gator magnets to put on our cabin door during the cruise. Many times we get notes from other Gator and SEC fans or non-Gator fans turn the magnets upside down or rearrange the magnets. On this cruise, our neighbors said they always looked for the magnets to know they were close to their room! 5. When going ashore, be sure to carry a copy of the ship’s daily bulletin as it normally includes the Cruise Lines Port Agent telephone numbers and information on the local U.S. Embassy. These numbers are very helpful in case of an emergency while on shore. When traveling, it is also a good idea to have a photograph or paper copy of your passports and identification documents. Also, when traveling, my wife and I carry different credit cards in case you lose your wallet or purse, this way you always have an active credit card after canceling the one that was lost. 6. As a precautionary measure, we always take disinfectant wipes ($1 at the Dollar Tree) and wipe down our room (door handles, shower, table tops, remote, etc.) when we arrive on the ship. I‘m sure the room attendant does a good job cleaning the room, but we always take this extra step (10 minutes) to make our room as safe as possible to prevent illness. 7. A few items we bring to make our room more functional: large magnetic wall clips ($1 at the Dollar Tree); a 3-in-1 electric plug to increase the number of electrical outlets for phones and I-pads; paper cups for drinking; a small clock for the bathroom so when you get up at night you know the time; and, a large mouth water bottle for ice and water. 8. We have noted recently that more and more islands in the Caribbean are now prohibiting guests from wearing camouflage clothing. Apparently, this clothing is reserved for the police and military. In many locations, they will not let you go ashore wearing camouflage clothing, My suggestion is just leave your camouflage hats and clothing at home. 9. On the last sea day, the Captain gave an excellent and well-attended presentation on navigation. It was very informative and provided numerous facts about the ship. Also, I discovered on the On-Demand channel on the television under the Free Programs a section of short videos on the construction and operation of the ship. If you have ever wondered how the Captain commands the ship when coming into port, there are two excellent videos showing the operation of the Bridge when arriving in St. Marten and Gibraltar. 10. The best way to avoid the wait for elevators before dinner: Either take the stairs or come down early for dinner and have a drink in the Martini Bar or have a coffee or soda in the Café Al Baccio. We also enjoy sitting in the chairs outside the Café when the ship is leaving port. 11. Many people, my wife included, also enjoy doing the daily crossword and sudoku puzzles available at the stand near the Guest Services Desk on Deck 3. Unfortunately, on this cruise, the daily one-page newspapers from around the world were not available. When I asked about the newspapers at the Guest Services Desk, I was told that I could get the news on the TV news channels. Sounds to me like Celebrity has discontinued one more thing that tended to set them above all the other cruise lines. We arrived back in Ft. Lauderdale at Pier 29. We used the Express Departure (carry your own luggage). Disembarkation began around 6:30 a.m. and we were at our car within 20 minutes. In the terminal, to take the escalator, you must have one hand free to use the handrail (to have a free hand - we each use a large suitcase and a backpack). Otherwise, you have to take the elevator, which may result in a delay due to lines forming for the elevator. We recently joined the Global Entry Travel Program and Port Everglades is a participating Point of Entry. We wanted to see the benefits of the program in clearing customs. In the Terminal there was a Global Entry sign near the line we were in, but after asking an attendant at the front of the line we were told the Global Entry line was at the far right. Since we were at the front of the regular customs line, we chose to go through customs using the standard process. By arriving at Pier 29, we had to take a shuttle to the Midpoint Garage. The shuttle was waiting outside the terminal and it took just a few minutes to get to the garage. Read Less
Celebrity Silhouette Ratings
Category Editor Member
Cabins 5.0 0.0
Dining 5.0 0.0
Entertainment 4.0 0.0
Public Rooms 5.0 0.0
Fitness Recreation 5.0 0.0
Family 4.0 0.0
Shore Excursion 4.0 0.0
Enrichment 4.5 0.0
Service 5.0 0.0
Value For Money 4.0 0.0
Rates 4.0 0.0

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